Drivers who choose to drive whilst using their mobile phone face tougher penalties under new laws being introduced on the 1st March 2017.
Any motorist caught using a handheld device while driving will receive six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine.
Chief Inspector Martyn Stone of South Wales Police said:
“Drivers who decide to use a mobile phone at the wheel are committing an offence. By using a device whilst you drive you increase the risk and probability of being involved in a serious or fatal collision.
“The current penalty for anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving is £100 fine and 3 penalty points. In more serious cases, police officers have powers to prosecute drivers for careless or dangerous driving. New penalties, that will be made available to police officers come the 1st March 2017, shows the importance government places on ensuring that the roads are safe for all road users.”
This announcement comes after the publication of the 2016 All-Wales Anti-Mobile Phone While Driving Campaign. Within South Wales a total of 199 motorists were caught. The campaign, which ran between Monday 7th November until Sunday 20th November, urged all road users to ‘keep their eyes on the road’ and not be distracted by answering their mobile phone, reading a text or going online.
Chair of Road Safety Wales Susan Storch said:
“Driving a vehicle requires us to multi-task so anything above and beyond that needs to wait until we are safely parked up or until our journey has finished.”
“Campaigns such as this demonstrate the resolve of all the Road Safety Wales partners in tackling this issue and we will continue to work together to drive home the message of not using your mobile phone behind the wheel. No call or text is that important.”
Drivers are reminded to keep their concentration on the road and not on their mobile devices, distractions can cause serious or fatal collision.
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